Category Archive: Picture Books

Plight of Immigrants

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With war, persecution, and violence prevalent in many parts of the world, refugees are fleeing in record numbers trying to find a better life elsewhere.  Their assimilation into a world new to them… Continue reading

Summer + Water = Fun!

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As a youngster, my June-August months were spent at my grandparents’ lake cabin (pictured above) in the little north-MN town of Aitkin, MN.  While “the cabin” offered a variety of activities in which… Continue reading

Tattoo Stories : Family History, Not Just for Photo Albums

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Tell Me a Tattoo Story by Alison McGhee. 9781452119373. 2016. Gr PK-2. Responding to his son’s curiosity, a father tells their family history through the stories behind each of his tattoos.   Tattoos… Continue reading

For the Birds

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Spring is here, and it has me thinking about birds. They wake me up in the morning with their songs, keep me company in my backyard, and even keep my cat entertained as… Continue reading

Talk Like An Animal

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When animals talk in an easy picture book, they often do so to teach us human values or lessons in proper behavior.  Such is the case with the picture books listed below, all… Continue reading

Review: Ada’s Violin

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“The world sends us garbage. We sent back music.” – Favio Chavez The Recycled Orchestra began as a small music class for kids in Cateura, a small Paraguayan town built on a landfill… Continue reading

Absurd is the Word

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For me, there is nothing quite like reading a really funny picture book to a child, or better yet, group of children. Humor may bring the more reticent kids out of their shell,… Continue reading

Series Review: Bear & Hare

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Meet Bear and Hare, the two friends at the heart of Emily Gravett’s delightful new picture book series. Fans of Gravett’s clever stories and deliberate pacing will appreciate these simple stories. The first… Continue reading

All Dogs Go to Heaven

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I am a dog person (check out my other doggy posts here and here). No apologies, no regrets—well, except maybe for the “lived-on” look of my couch. And while I love the look… Continue reading

Ferris Wheel Day

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February 14th is not just a day for love; it’s also a day to celebrate Ferris Wheels!  This date in February marks the birthday of George Washington Ferris, engineer and designer of the… Continue reading